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Old 10-16-2007, 07:25 AM
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In an ideal world there would be a vehicle that gets 30 MPG and can tow a 6000lb boat and trailer. I need something that I'm not going to tear the transmission out of and is heavy enough tow at highway speeds. But I would like to stay as fuel effiecient as possible. What is the best SUVs out there that can do the job?
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buy a used suburban or tahoe, then buy a civic....
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The new Tahoe/Yukon Hybrids are supposed to get at least 20mpg hwy or city and tow 6000 lbs max.

The Mercedes GL320cdi (diesel) tows 7500 pound and gets 24 hwy and 18 city.
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:21 AM
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Whats your budget? I think the Jeep Liberty CRD's were rated at 6500LBS and will be much cheaper then anything else suggested.

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I don't see a Liberty pulling 6500 lbs. Much less stopping 6500 lbs.
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There is no way to tow 6000 lbs safely with a vehicle that can get 30mpg. But you knew that.... A 1/2 ton full size truck is the minimum that you could get away with- it is all about wheelbase, weight and brakes. Gotta have all three, or else it isn't safe. I tow with an Expedition and it is the bare minimum to tow my 7000# rig. Gets 15-16mpg around town. I am a Ford fan, as both of my GMC's were under braked severely and the trannys were fragile. I tried to tow 4500# with an Explorer once, as it's rated for over that amount, the truck was too light, the thing felt like it was rolling on jello- so the rating posted for vehicles is meaningless. How much do you tow?
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My 04 Tahoe gets almost 10 mpg towing 5,000 pounds on the highway.
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Tahoe/Yukon Hybrid due out this fall as stated above - rated at 6k lbs, is @ the closest you will get. I like that your city mileage improves @ 40% w/ the hybrid system, & claims are 21/21 city/hwy. Great looking rig to me.

You can't even buy a diesel Liberty new in some states as it doesn't meet certain emission standards (don't know @ the Merc.) - not sure I agree w/ that logic, as the fuel efficiency (&torque) of the smaller diesels is great.

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Get a suburban, mine (2005) tows much better than my 2003 tahoe - added wheelbase makes a big difference. I get about 11-12 MPG towing @ 65 MPH. When not towing, I get between 18-21 on the hwy depending on speed (55-75). I installed a K&N air filter ~$50 and saw 1.5-2.5 better MPG and slightly more power.

The Jeep Liberty Diesel is supposed to be done away with from what I understand, the Mercedes ML has a short wheelbase and don't think it's rated for over 5K towing - the new GL might be higher but you are talking 10-15K more than a loaded Suburban. I've not had any experience with the Expedition.
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Tuna Colada - 10/16/2007 11:10 AM................. The Mercedes GL320cdi (diesel) tows 7500 pound and gets 24 hwy and 18 city.
A friend of mine just got one of these, beautiful car. I took it for a 1/2 mile ride, very sweeeeeet... and it thad some real balls! I was really surprised, and it was quiet too.... Unfortunately, I know he had to have lied to me about getting it for $47k
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crd cherokee I just watched the review on motorweek and tows over 7k and 1 second off the speed of a hemi cherokee and gets great gas mileage. Would buy but can't in NY
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2wd chevy with 5.3l

Mu burb with 3.73 gets about 18mpg on the highway

My quad cab silverado gets 19-20 hwy with 3.23 rear (my daily driver and I avg 17-18 combined hwy and city)

The silverado is a bit of a dog with 6k (likes to downshift on slight rades) but the burb is great!

Make sure you get the g80 locking diff with the 2wd
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V8 4 Runner is ratted at 7300 with a Weight Distribution Hitch, 5K with normal receiver. Mine is 2wd and is gets 20 MPG hwy and 17-18 around town.
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Old 10-16-2007, 01:32 PM
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the jeep grand cherokee v8 or a 4-runner v8 are two that tow well w/out having to get a full size.
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04'Chev 2500HD 9200GVWR ExtCab LongBed 6L GAS tow pack
carrying an 04' Lance slide on camper (3200#) also tow'g 15' boat
13.2mpg/w TC @ 55MPH , 12 mpg @ 65-69 mph. 10@70mph. 8@75.

Carrying and also Towing 6000# boat @ 60mph - 13mpg, 69mph 11.5 mpg
measured over 26,000 miles of travel..
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:59 PM
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check out the new 2008 Pathfinder V6. It is rated for 6000 lbs.

In all of my research for a new SUV, the Pathfinder is the only V6 rated this high. Most V6's are only rated for 5000 lbs so if you want to get to 6000 you usually have to go with a V8 which will usually get you to the 7000+ lb arena. Kiss the mpg's goodbye on the 8's.

I just got my Pathfinder 2 weeks ago. I have not towed with it yet so I cannot comment. As far as fuel mileage goes - it is speced out around the 15 - 22 range.

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While gas mileage is important... SO IS WHEEL BASE
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The liberty diesel is no longer available new last year made was 06
I owned a 05 had lots of problems with it
Don't recall the tow weight since I use a Suburban to tow
the new Grand Cherokee diesel seems like a good option I think its over $45k
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A diesel Ford Excursion by far. It will outperform anything listed above. Not in production anymore, but finding a nice used one is easy and well worth the effort.
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